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Dozens of Brooklyn Park residents last evening crammed into city council chambers to witness history being made in Minnesota’s sixth largest city, the swearing in of the city's first black council member, Wynfred Russell, who was born and raised in Liberia. Russell, a former instructor at the University of Minnesota, defeated former council member Bob Mata by garnering a convincing...
New enrollments of international students fell by 6.6 percent at American universities in academic year 2017-18 compared to the year before, marking the second straight year in declines in new enrollments, according to new data from the annual Open Doors survey. New enrollments fell 6.3 percent at the undergraduate level, 5.5 percent at the graduate level and 9.7 percent at the nondegree level from...
NEW YORK (AP) — Tess Gunty’s “The Rabbit Hutch,” a sweeping debut novel set in a low-income housing community in Indiana, has won the National Book Award for fiction. The 30-year-old Gunty was among three writers nominated for their first published books. The nonfiction prize went to Imani Perry’s “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the...
In advance of the holidays, Gov. Walz on Tuesday announced a new round of free COVID-19 at-home tests for Minnesotans as state officials urges everyone to get tested before large holiday gatherings. “Each of us can do our part to protect the health of our loved ones this Thanksgiving – taking a COVID test is one of the best ways...
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Sen. Bobby Joe Champion of North Minneapolis was on Thursday named as the new Senate president, becoming the first Black person to do so. The Senate president presides over Senate business and ensures members follow parliamentary procedures. The move came two days after the state elected Black women for the first time to the state Senate and Democrats won back...
House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) has been chosen to again take the gavel when the 93rd legislative session begins Jan. 3. House DFL caucus members elected Hortman during a Thursday evening meeting, their first since Election Day when they retained control of the House by the same 70-64 margin they’ve held for the last two years. “I am honored to...
Two women in their 20s with recent ties to Africa jointly made history on Nov. 8 by becoming the first Black women ever elected to Minnesota’s state senate, breaching a fortress that has been in place since the midwestern state joined the United States. As flag bearers for the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), as the Democratic Party is known in...
Brooklyn Park elected its first Black mayor on Tuesday, handing over the reins of Minnesota’s sixth largest city to a businessman who shared a vision of unity, civic engagement and who pledged to support law enforcement to make the city safer and more attractive. Hollies Winston won the Brooklyn Park mayor’s race Tuesday, defeating Councilmember Wynfred Russell in a contest...
Voting is now underway in Minnesota. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. for voters to decide on who the next governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and congressional delegation will be. All seats in the Minnesota legislature are also being decided on today, both the state Senate and House. There is also an important race for...
Over 10,000 Muslims met for a one-day conference in Minneapolis marking one of the largest Muslim gatherings in the state since the onset of the pandemic. Several mosques throughout Minnesota worked together to organize the event, led by Dar al-Faruq Center and the Muslim American Society (MAS). Saturday’s event marked the 18th consecutive annual convention. The annual event aims to...
The 3rd National African Leadership Conference, which will take place Dec. 8-9, announced its lineup of keynote speakers during a Wednesday press conference at the offices of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) in St. Paul. Law professor and former director of the Kenyan anti-corruption agency, PLO Lumumba and Girls Taking Action founder and president, Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, will keynote...
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Some poll workers in North Dakota who created confusion and frustration during the spring primary by allegedly demanding proof of U.S. citizenship particularly from immigrants and people of color had no power to do so, the state attorney general said. Attorney General Drew Wrigley said in a five-page document released late Wednesday that North Dakota law...
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